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Critical international studies on mobile radiation

      • WHO categorises mobile radiation as supposedly carcinogenic


Back in May 2011, the IARC, an agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), categorised radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation - including mobile radiation from mobile phones, mobile masts, and other wireless devices - as supposedly carcinogenic (category 2B, same as leaded petrol). This was a historic paradigm shift, with the WHO having previously rejected the possibility of a link between radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation and cancer. The new categorisation took place after a group of experts with 30 scientists had reviewed the research in the field. Several reliable studies showed a connection between the use of mobile phones and cancer, except in cases where the mobile phone was used for more than 30 minutes daily for over 10 years, e.g., the INTERPHONE’s major international study from 2010, as well as several studies of the acknowledged Swedish professor, Lennart Hardell.


      • Mobile radiation reduces memory capacity in young people (2018)


A Swiss study with the participation of 700 Swiss young people conducted by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), demonstrates that mobile phone radiation has a negative effect on memory ability. (Published in Journal Environmental Health Perspectives, July 2018) The study concludes that exposure to mobile radiation from mobile phones for a period of just one year may have a negative effect on the development of rhetorical memory ability in adolescents, which again confirms previously published studies from 2015. The rhetorical memory is primarily located in the right side of the brain, and in the context of exposure to electromagnetic radiation from the mobile phone, the influence was more pronounced in the young people who held the mobile phone up to the right side of the head.


"This may strongly suggest that mobile rays being absorbed into the brain are the cause of the observed association with impaired memory," stated Martin Röösli, Head of Environmental Exposures and Health, at Swiss TPH. Other types of use of wireless communication, such as texting, gaming, and searching the Internet, had only a marginal impact on the brain's memory capacity. Thus, it can also be ruled out that the difference is due to behaviour, but instead is related to the radiation. The study was conducted by Swiss TPH in collaboration with the EU project GERoNiMO, which works to increase our knowledge of how and how much mobile radiation affects our health. The study is funded by the EU Seventh Framework Program (FP7) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

See article about the Swiss study here.


      • 10-year study demonstrates link between mobile phone radiation and cancer as well as brain tumors (2018)


The renowned research institute, the Ramazzini Institute in Italy, has completed and published a crucial 10-year study confirming the cancer risk of mobile radiation. The results, published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Research, show a clear link between exposure to mobile radiation and the malignant form of cancer in Schwann cells. These cells are located i.a. around the heart and in the nervous system that connects body and brain. In addition, an increased risk of malignant brain tumors was found.

Source: Environmental Research


      • Just 558 hours of mobile phone use increases the risk of cancer (2017)


Canadian study from June 2017 has documented that if you use your mobile phone for more than 558 hours spread over your whole life, the risk of getting the aggressive and highly lethal cancer in the brain, glioma, doubles. The previous INTERPHONE study across 13 nations, showed that far more use of mobile phone was needed to achieve the same high risk. Converted 558 hours for daily use, that equates to 30 minutes a day for 3 years, 15 minutes a day for 6 years, or longer if you speak only very little or infrequently. Without the use of protection.

Source: American Journal of Epidemiology


      • National Toxicology Program (NTP) under the US Health department: Mobile radiation may be linked to increased risk of developing cancer (2016)


In the world's probably most thorough and expensive mobile radiation project to date with no less than 2,500 experimental rats, it was found that as many as 5.5% of the experimental animals had developed cancer, while the figure was 8.5% if one included precursors to cancer. Rats not exposed to radiation did not develop cancer.

Source: See the study here.


      • BioInitiative: Large independent researcher report documents harmful effects of wireless radiation (2012)


In 2012, a report on the biological effects of radiation from wireless technology, the BioInitiative Report, was updated with 1800 new studies, which have been published since the first edition of the report in 2007. This brings the number of studies close to 4000. The report was composed by an international team of 29 independent researchers and experts. The overall conclusion of the report, based on the scientific review, is that the current limit values for radiation from wireless technology should be immediately lowered to a safer level, which is many thousands of times lower than the officially permitted values are at today.

Link to the BioInitiative report.


      • Up to 400% increased risk of deadly tumours – 2014


Mobile radiation can cause a certain type of malevolent and deadly tumour called glioma. Research by the acknowledged Swedish professor Lennart Hardell and his team of scientists from Ørebro Universitetsjukhus show that speaking on the phone for more than 30 minutes a day during a period of 10 years, causes up to 400% increased risk of developing this type of brain tumour.

See the study here.

Kilde: See the study here +2014 here.


      • Increased risk of developing cancer (2006)


Scientific research estimates that young people who use mobile phones have 520% increased risk of developing cancer. For adults the number is 270%. 

Source: Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine


      • The European Environment Agency warns of health risks from mobile radiation (2011)


The Environment Agency recommends that the precautionary principle be applied, i.e., that precautions be taken regarding mobile radiation because research indicates that wireless radiation can be harmful.

In 2011, the Environment Agency appealed the following:

- Governments, the telecommunications industry, and the population are encouraged to reduce their exposure to mobile radiation, for example by not holding mobile phones close to their head.

- The current limit values for mobile radiation should be reassessed, as they have been set on an inadequate basis.

- The introduction of effective descriptions ("labeling") and warnings about possible health risks when using mobile phones.

Source: European Enviroment Agency


      • Negative effect on the body's cells, organs, tissues, and DNA


Research has shown that mobile radiation disrupts the body's cells, organisms, and DNA, which can lead to imbalance and disease. Mobile rays also damage the body's DNA, which can lead to biological disorders, diseases, and cancer.

Video and source: Professor Olle Johanson from Karolinski University, Sweden.


      • Council of Europe’s resolution on radiation and wireless technology (2011)


In May 2011, the Council of Europe adopted a far-reaching resolution (1815) on radio frequency radiation from wireless telecommunications technology. In the interests of public health, the 47 member states are called upon to reduce the radiation as much as possible to which the population is exposed. This is especially true in relation to children and young people.

It is specifically recommended:

- That information campaigns are made about the harmful risks of radiofrequency radiation.

- That children's use of mobile phones on school grounds is strictly regulated.

- That wireless networks should not be used in classrooms and schools.

- That new lower limit values for radio frequency radiation be set.

- To strengthen the development of wireless telecommunication technologies that are less harmful towards the health.


Source: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)


      • Pregnant women who daily use a mobile phone have a 40-54% greater risk of giving birth to children who have behavioural problems (2008)


The World Health Organization WHO has stressed the need for research into the possible effects of radiofrequency fields in children. The researchers in this study, examined the association between prenatal and postnatal exposure to cell phones and behavioural problems in young children. A department under the Danish National Birth Cohort, Statens Serum Institut, recruited mothers for this study early on in their pregnancy. When the children in these pregnancies reached 7 years of age in 2005 and 2006, the mothers were asked to complete a questionnaire regarding their children's current health and behavioural status as well as previous exposure to cell phone use. Mothers evaluated the children's behavioural problems using the strength and difficulty questionnaire.

The conclusion was that exposure to mobile phones prenatally - and to a lesser extent postnatal - was associated with behavioural difficulties such as emotional and hyperactivity problems around school age.

Source: UCLA University, USA


      • Risk of getting EHS (becoming hypersensitive to electricity)


In a risk assessment carried out by the European Commission, it is estimated that 3-10% of the European population suffers from EHS. The Danish EHS association has published a report on electromagnetic hypersensitivity in Denmark.


Read more about EHS here.


      • Scientific statement: the Seletun statement (2010)


In a scientific publication, 7 independent researchers from the USA, Sweden, Israel, Greece and Russia warn directly against radiofrequency radiation on the basis of evidence of harmful effects on health. They appeal to governments around the world to take drastic, preventive steps. The researchers emphasize the need for:

- New limit values ​​for radio frequency radiation
The existing limit values ​​for mobile radiation are at least 50,000 - 60,000 times too high (ed.: many countries' limit values ​​for full body exposure are 9 to 10 watts/m2). Researchers have found evidence of many adverse health effects far below the limit values, such as cognitive impairment, weakened immune system and cancer. The researchers recommend a new limit value of a maximum of 0.00017 watt/m2.

- Advice on wireless devices
Mobile phones should be kept away from head and body, and wired headsets should be used. Cordless landlines and wireless internet (Wi-Fi) etc. should be replaced with wired connections, especially in schools.

- Focus on particularly vulnerable groups
Pregnant women, foetuses/fetuses and children are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of radiofrequency radiation. They are strongly advised not to use mobile phones - or to be near mobile phones and other wireless devices.

- Free zones
The population, and especially vulnerable groups, should have access to public places and transport where they are not exposed to harmful radiation.

Source:  NCBI - the National Center for Biotechology Information, USA

Source: Seletun Statement 2010


      • BioInitiative: Large independent research group (2007)


9 leading and independent biophysical research scientists joined forces in the international "BioInitiative" I 2007. In their report, they reviewed a lot of the research in the field and their conclusions were alarming.

They warned of massive and diverse health risks from mobile rays, such as headaches, sleep problems, weakened immune systems, disturbed nervous systems and cancer, and they recommended, among other things, sharp reductions in the limit values for radiation.

In their report, the international "BioInitiative" team reviewed more than 2,000 studies. Members of the group: David Carpenter, USA, Zoreh Davanipour, USA, David Gee, Denmark, Lennart Hardell, Sweden, Olle Johansson, Sweden, Henry Lai, USA, Kjell Hansson Mild, Sweden, Eugene Sobel, USA, Zhengping Xu, China and Guangdin Chen, China.

Source: the BioInitiative report

Source: NCBI - National Center for Biotechnology Information


      • Children absorb more mobile radiation than adults (2006)


Studies show that children absorb 60% more mobile radiation than adults. Few parents think about the health risk in everyday life when the children sit with the tablet or play on the mobile phone for hours. International research shows, however, that we should be aware of the electromagnetic rays that the devices emit when they are online. Babies, children and young people are generally more exposed to pollution and sunlight - but research shows that mobile radiation is also a bad combination for this group, as they have thinner tissues, bones and skulls, just as children's cells and nervous systems are still developing.

Source: Electromagnetic absorption in the head of adults and children


      • Mobile use reduces children's cognitive abilities (2011)


Russian research shows that mobile phone users become more tired and have impaired cognitive functions compared to non-mobile phone using children.

Source: Electromagnetic


      • Mobile telephony and sleep disorder (2011)


Study confirms previous studies: Mobile phone radiation affects brain waves, so sleep changes.

Source: NCBI - National Center for Biotechnology Information, USA


      • Mobile phone affects teens’ sleep (2008)


Study shows that teenagers who talk on a mobile phone more than 15 times a day and send more than 15 text messages sleep less and worse than if the consumption is below 5 calls and 5 text messages. They also have a greater tendency to develop stress, restlessness and emotional disturbances.

Source: Science Daily


      • Mobile telephony affects sleep and is a source of headaches and depression (2007)


Study shows that mobile radiation can result in less, poorer sleep as well as more headaches and depression.

Source: The study as pdf

Source: The Independent, UK

A study from 2002 indicates that mobile phone radiation can lower melatonin levels, which can lead to sleep problems.

Source: NCBI - National Center for Biotechnology Information, USA


      • Radiation and heart rhythm disorders (2010)


A study shows that the base station of a cordless landline telephone (DECT) can interfere with the heart rhythm.

Source: Havas-HRV-Ramazzini1.pdf (see page 279 in the report)


      • Mobile radiation kills blood cells (2012)


A study shows that mobile radiation can kill blood cells. If the body is irradiated with mobile radiation (GSM), it can to some extent inhibit the damaging effects on the blood cells, but with an 8-hour irradiation, an increased blood cell death of up to 37% can occur.

Source: NCBI - National Center of Biotechnology Information


      • Mobile radiation and brain waves (2010)


A study shows that mobile radiation (2G/GSM) changes the brain waves with 13- to 15-year-olds.

Source: NCBI - National Center of Biotechnology Information

Mobile phone radiation and headaches etc. (2007)

Studies show an increased tendency for headaches, memory problems, etc. after exposure to mobile radiation.
Source: NCBI


      • Mobile phone users have increased incidence of headaches (2004)


A study shows that mobile phone users have an increased incidence of headaches and sleep problems, etc.

Source: NCBI


      • Mobile radiation and stress (2011)


Study shows that mobile radiation strongly affects the production of stress hormones.

Source: Clinical Biochemistry


      • Mobile radiation and DNA damage (2012)


Short-term exposure to radiation from mobile phones damages the DNA of hair follicles in humans.

Source: NCBI


      • Mobile radiation and reduced sperm quality in men


Based on the results of 10 recognized studies (with peer review), a scientific working group has concluded that mobile radiation can damage men's sperm quality. The studies show, among other things, that:

- 47% of men, who carried a mobile phone in their trouser pocket, had a severely reduced sperm quality. Compared to the average population, where the figure was just 11%. Source: Technion University in Haifa, Israel 2015

- Men, who carried a mobile phone in the back pocket or in the belt, had 11 percent fewer motile sperm cells than men who carried the mobile phone elsewhere on the body. Source: Kilgallon 2005

- Men, who carried a cell phone in their belt and used it intensively during a five-day test period, experienced a 19 percent drop in highly motile sperm from their previous level. Source: Davoudi 2002

- Men, who talked on cell phones for more than an hour a day, had 17 percent fewer highly mobile sperm than men who talked less than 15 minutes a day. Source: Fejes 2005

Source: Article which provides a review of scientific studies regarding sperm quality and mobile phone radiation.


      • Study: young Danish men have poor sperm quality


Over the past 15 years, sperm quality has declined among young Danish men, a study shows. With 23 pct. of the young men had an optimal sperm quality. 27 pct. had a sperm quality that was so low that the men will probably take longer to get their partner pregnant, says chief physician Niels Jørgensen from Rigshospitalet's Clinic for Growth and Reproduction.

Source: Jyllands-Posten, July 8, 2012